Traverse City Record-Eagle


August 6, 2013

Sports in Brief: 08/06/2013

Renner, Brunner win titles

TRAVERSE CITY — Two Traverse City Breakers swimmers captured state titles at the 14-under Michigan Swimming State Long Course Championships at Eastern Michigan University’s Jones Natatorium.

Miranda Renner, 12, raced to victory in the 50-meter breaststroke (37.02 seconds) while swimming in the 12-under group. Julia Brunner, 13, stopped the clock first in the 100 butterfly (1:06.21) in the 13-14 division.

Renner added a fourth-place finish in the 50 butterfly and sixth place honors in the 50 freestyle and 50 backstroke during the three-day meet. Brunner was runner-up in the 200 butterfly and rang up top 10 finishes in the 100 freestyle (7th), 50 freestyle (9th) and 400 freestyle (10th).

In addition, Breakers teammates Avery McLean, Mady McLean and Leah Timmer competed in their first long course state championship meet.


Resort to host Sanchez clinic

ACME — Grand Traverse Resort and Spa will offer a special tennis clinic Aug. 16-18 with tennis player and instructor Emilio Sánchez Vicario.

Sanchez — founder of the Sánchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona, Spain — won three Grand Slam doubles titles and an Olympic silver medal. The clinic will teach participants in the Spanish method of tennis training.

To register, contact Resort tennis instructor Fernando Belmar, at 409-8768 or


Trail races set for Labor Day

TRAVERSE CITY — The second annual Big Little Trail Races to benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Northwest Michigan will take place on Labor Day – Monday, Sept. 2.

Last year, 125 runners took part in the inaugural race and more than $14,000 was raised for Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

The 5K and 15K trail runs are on a scenic course in southern Grand Traverse County that’s used for this race only. Those 18-under can get a free entry into the race.

The races start at 9 a.m. seven miles south of Menards at 8088 Palomino Dr. in Buckley. It’s the home of Big Brothers/Big Sisters board member Tony Anderson. Anderson, the general manager at Cherryland Electric Cooperative, has raised more than $40,000 for Big Brothers/Big Sisters by running marathons in different states. So far he has run marathons in 25 different states.

The $40 registration for the race is a donation to Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Runners can register online at under the Big Little Trail Races button. For more information about kids 18-under running free, contact Anderson at

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